From the art fair to the racetrack.

BMW Art Car by John Baldessari. From the art fair to the racetrack.

An Art Car at the 2017 Rolex 24 Hours of DAYTONA? That's right. On January 28 and 29 in Daytona, USA, the BMW Art Car by John Baldessari took eighth place and turned countless heads. The BMW M6 GTLM with 585 hp was certainly among the most valuable cars on the track. Surprisingly, this motorsport-enhanced BMW M6 Coupé was not unveiled at a race. It first appeared in December 2016 at a rather unusual place: Art Basel in Miami Beach, one of the world's most prestigious art fairs.


American artist John Baldessari designed this car as the 19th addition to the BMW Art Car Collection. Baldessari, who counts among the most important names in contemporary art, has now joined the ranks of the extraordinary artists who contributed to the collection over the past forty years - such as Calder, Hockney, Warhol and Koons.

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The BMW Art Car is definitely a typical Baldessari and the fastest work of art I have ever created!
John Baldessari on the BMW M6 GTLM

One special attraction of the BMW Art Cars has always been how they prove their worth both in museums, and on the race track. In this case, a 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway.
After the race, artist John Baldessari explained: “Everybody gave this their all, which makes me a happy man. In Daytona competition is fierce. I wholeheartedly thank BMW Motorsport, the drivers, the engineers as well as the mechanics. My car has now earned its spurs on the racetrack and has proven itself as the fastest work of art I ever created.”
The car was driven by Bill Auberlen (USA), Alexander Sims (GBR), Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Bruno Spengler (CAN). After 652 laps of racing, Farfus took the chequered flag, securing eight place in the GTLM class. The quartet of drivers, as well as team principal Bobby Rahal’s crew, delivered a focussed performance, despite difficult conditions with heavy rain and a total of 21 full-course yellows. But stay tuned: another Art Car, designed by Cao Fei, can be seen in action in Macau at the end of the year.

The BMW M6 GTLM designed by John Baldessari BMW M6 at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

BMW M6 Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 9.9
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 231

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Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in the 'New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emission Guidelines', which are available free of charge at all sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern, Germany, or under The figures are not based on an individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the product offer; they are provided solely for the purposes of comparison between different vehicle types. CO2 emissions caused by the production and provision of fuel or other energy sources are not taken into account in the determination of CO2 emissions pursuant to Directive 1999/94/EC.

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